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Obama's Strongest Supporters Suffering the Most in Recession, While Elites Thrive

  • Obama's Strongest Supporters Suffering the Most in Recession, While Elites Thrive
    By Bob Herbert
    The New York Times, November 16, 2009
    Straight to the Source

President Obama's strongest supporters during the presidential campaign were the young, the black and the poor -- and they are among those who are being hammered unmercifully in this long and cruel economic downturn that the financial elites are telling us is over.

If the elites are correct, if the Great Recession really is over, then these core supporters of the president are being left far, far behind -- as are blue-collar workers of every ethnic and political persuasion. Nobody wants to talk seriously about class in America, but the elites are smiling and perusing their stock portfolios while the checklist of Americans locked in depression like circumstances just grows and grows: construction and manufacturing workers, young men without college degrees (especially young black and Hispanic men), teenagers, and those who were already poor when the recession began.

The economic environment for all of these groups is an absolute and utter disaster.

Now we're learning that unmarried women are among those being crushed by the epidemic of joblessness. As the Center for American Progress has noted, "The high unemployment rate of unmarried women, and particularly the 1.3 million unemployed female heads of household who are primary breadwinners for their families, is devastating to their financial circumstances and standard of living."


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